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Sigma150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount
 
4.5

(based on 202 reviews)

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    (117)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (71)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (135)
  • Strong construction (102)
  • Consistent output (88)
  • Durable (83)
  • Easily interchangeable (80)

Cons

  • Heavy (103)
  • Poor in low light (34)
  • Slow focus (17)
  • Lens creep (12)
  • Blurry focus (9)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (131)
  • Sports/action (84)
  • Landscape/scenery (69)
  • Wildlife (24)
  • Weddings (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (91), Semi-pro photographer (42), Casual photographer (17), Enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (119), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth every red cent!

After quite a bit of research into wildlife reaching lenses, I purchased this Sigma lens. It had been nearly thirty years since my last Sigma purchase, keeping now days to the Canon name...Read complete review

After quite a bit of research into wildlife reaching lenses, I purchased this Sigma lens. It had been nearly thirty years since my last Sigma purchase, keeping now days to the Canon name lenses. I have now had this Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO lens over six months, and I am still in love with its performance. Granted it is not the 500mm f/4 II prime Canon lens, but it is a fair substitute, and at one tenth the price. The images are sharp, with good bokeh, and acceptable focusing speed. My copy leans perhaps 15% warm in it's color rendition, yet seldom needs any chromatic aberration correction. I find it helpful, not unlike the Canon 100-400mm zoom, to aid this lens into the focusing "ballpark" , near focus verses far focus, to help quicken acquisition of the auto focus. This lens does not have a switch setting for this, so one must do this manually, but it will significantly decrease searching. Where as the Canon 500mm f/4L II weights in at a little over seven pounds, the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 weights only four and a fifth pounds; so at two-thirds the weight, I find the Sigma much easier to handhold for a short duration. I do increase my keepers significantly though with the use of a mono-pod, and can frequently push my exposure times down to the 1/160 to 1/125th second mark with the OS on. All in all, I consider this lens one of my best purchases in years. Now to study up on the new Sigma 300-800mm verses the Canon 800mm prime.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very nice lens, but not without issues

Pros: Very nice range and OS gets you 4 stops or so when it's working. Lens sharpens up nicely by f/8 on the long end. It is well-built and has EX-grade finish...Read complete review

Pros: Very nice range and OS gets you 4 stops or so when it's working. Lens sharpens up nicely by f/8 on the long end. It is well-built and has EX-grade finish (although not officially an EX lens). The ring HSM is not as responsive as my Sigma 100-300, but is largely adequate considering the focal range of the lens. It tracks large birds quite nicely and has a high keeper rate for such shots. It also has very nice minimum focusing distance which seems to provide 1:3 to 1:4 magnification at 500mm. It can give reasonable images with Sigma's 1.4x TC, but the 2x TC really isn't suitable (except in times of desperation, perhaps).

Cons: The OS seems to be unstable. Sometimes it activates and works as it's supposed to (within about 1 second), while other times it does not seem to engage or will engage then drop the OS. I will likely send mine in to have Sigma take a look at it. The focus is very nice in good lighting (but not excellent), but will hunt in poor lighting at the long end. The zoom lock is a bit finicky - you have to be exactly in the right spot for it to engage and it's not the minimum turn.

Overall: If Sigma can rectify the OS issue, then I would give this lens a 4 to 5-star rating. I am hopeful that they will be able to do so; otherwise I'm a bit disappointed in it. It's not what I expected compared to my other Sigma lenses (and I own 7 others).

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5.0

I love it!

By Laportaphoto50

from Cedarburg, Wisconsin

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

I love how simple this lens makes my tough shots feel. I shoot a lot of fast paces sports and I have had nothing but great luck getting all the distance and sharpness I need from this lens.

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4.0

Sigma 150-500 is great, with one reserve.

By SJ

from Wyoming

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Sharp Fully Zoomed
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Rotational Slop

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

As my first really long lens I would say, surprisingly sharp, all the way to 500mm. The weight is significant, but even hand held with OS, still sharp and accurate. The cons of this lens are the rotational slop and the rather sticky zoom. I will be shooting in really cold weather in the wind and I will see if this is a problem as time goes by. The rotational slop is significant which I addressed to a LIVE person at Sigma and I was informed that this is normal. The rotational movement is caused by the difference in "stop screw" diameter on the bayonet mount from the Canon stop screw diameter (which is quite a bit larger). I did exchange this lens because of this, but, alas, the replacement had the same slop. B&H was very good about the exchange BTW. Very happy with the lens and I would recommend Sigma to a friend.

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5.0

Amazing !

By Angie

from Menahga, MN

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Pros

  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

I attached this lens to my Canon Rebel and got great shots but I need to purchase a Canon 6D for Full Frame. Which will be my next purchase for Long Distance Shots.

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5.0

Excellent Lens for your Buck!

By Loly

from Glenview, IL

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Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    This lens is awesome, great focus and clarity, a little heavy but that comes with the territoty.

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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By Waddizzle

    from New York, NY

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Lens Creep

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    This is one great lens. This was my first lens that was not by my cameara manufacturer. I was worried about the image quality. No more worries.

    I've taken crisp hand-held pictures of birds in flight, kids playing football and baseball. I'd say that my keeper rate has nearly 100% with the kids, and about 80% with birds in flight.

    If you're not used to holding a big lens, which I am not, then this lens will be very heavy. But, it does weigh less than comparable lenses from other manufacturers. It does have a bit of lens creep, but it's surprisingly small for it's weight.

    It focuses pretty quickly and accurately. I like the bokeh. The case seems to be a high impact plastic, but it feels pretty solid to me. I'd recommend this lens to someone looking for their first high quality, ultra-zoom lens.

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    5.0

    Great lens, Great price

    By trentc

    from Knoxville, TN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    I have had this lens for two years as of this month and while it is not the best telephoto lens on the market, it is the best option for an amateur wildlife photographer like myself. I don't exactly treat my photography gear with care yet this lens has lived through two years without a single problem and I still use it as much as I can.

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    5.0

    For the price can not be beat

    By mack

    from Wash.D.C.

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    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    When you need a close up this is the lens for you.

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    5.0

    Good reach for birds etc.

    By VHD

    from McAllen Texas

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    Use this lens for Wildlife mostly.

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    4.0

    Pleased so far...

    By turtles1home

    from Wisconsin

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    Recently purchased the 150-500mm for birding/wildlife photography. I am still putting it through the paces to see how it does. So far, pretty pleased. Tripod necessary in low light situations. Have gotten some really great shots of Sandhill cranes and butterflies, optimal lighting conditions. Quick focus. A bit heavy, but that was to be expected, just need to get used to the extra weight while hiking. Solid build, lens feels well made. I had thought the hood was metal, however mine is plastic, would have prefered a metal hood just for durability. Color seems excellent and nice bokeh.

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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By Lookout Photography

    from Lookout Mountain, Ga.

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    I'm using this for wildlife & moon pictures. Very nice & clear. I haven't been using it long enough to find anything that's not great about it !

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    5.0

    super sigma lens

    By ray

    from edgewood md.

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Just Right For My Needs
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    this is a great lens ,love the lens lock and optic stabilization. not too heavy to I have not used a tripod yet only hand held I recommend this lens to everyone

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    4.0

    Great bang for the buck!

    By RNCotton

    from Memphis, TN

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Carry Case Strap
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Lens Creep
    • Screws Back Out Over Time
    • Slow Focus
    • Tight zoom ring

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    After using the Siggy 120-300 f/2.8 for a few years, I took a chance on this 150-300 f/5-6.3 and was pleasantly surprised. My first surprise came at the weight, specifically how light it was. After lugging around a 7 pound lens, this thing is a breeze and I was able to handhold with no problems.

    Regarding handholding, I was able to shoot 1/30 at 150mm and get a crisp image. That's a strong tribute to the lens' image stabilization.

    At 150mm, shooting at f/8, I have no complaints on sharpness. At 500mm, shooting at f/8, there is a slight softening, but that was completely expected. There is an ever so slight vignette at 500mm, and again that is expected and easily corrected in Lightroom.

    The padded case and strap is nice and I've got no problem packing the lens in the case and slinging it over my shoulder. It's protected.

    The lens does have a zoom lock, and I highly recommend you use it. The lens does telescope with the zoom and as it rests at your side or is carried, it will extend. With such a long lens, and hood attached, it's very likely to bang against things. Lock the lens at 150mm any time you're not using it.

    Turning the zoom ring beyond 400 requires a little more effort than 150-400 does. You may think you're maxed at 500, and really only shooting at 400. I would like to see a tension adjustment from Sigma.

    The autofocus is my biggest disappointment. When at a long zoom setting, AF often doesn't even want to engage. I have to rack it back to 150mm to get AF to start, then I can zoom out to where I want it. It's a little quirk I can live with, but I shouldn't have to. AF is also much slower than my Sigma 120-300 f/2.8.

    I can see this being an excellent nature and wildlife lens. It can also be a great outdoor portrait lens if you've got plenty of room to work. The bokeh is very pleasing and I have not seen any CA yet on anything I've shot. It would also be good for large events where you can run in "sniper mode" and get the amazing candid shots.

    Although advertised as a sports lens, the AF just simply isn't up to the task. If you use this for sports, you will be disappointed as the focus won't be able to keep up with the action.

    One word of caution, every Sigma lens and teleconverter I have owned shares the same problem: the screws on the mounting ring eventually start backing out. I highly urge you to check them regularly and if you see one starting to back out, remove them and replace them securely, adding a drop of *blue* Loctite.

    To sum it up, it's a great lens for the money, especially when you can catch it with a rebate!

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    5.0

    Sigma 150-500

    By Carl

    from Dayton, OH

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • OS
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Birding
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    Bought this lens to replaced a Sigma 80-400 that was beyond repair. Should have bought it sooner. I use it mostly for wildlife and birding. It is hand holdable at 500mm at 1/80 second. The OS works great. It's a little on the heavy side but that's the price you pay for shooting long glass.

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    4.0

    Sigma 150-500mm Lens

    By Rob Murray

    from Cape May Court House, NJ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    I'm using the Sigma 150-500mm lens for wildlife photography. The photos I take are at approximately 30m, birds at feeders. The lens is easy to use and provides sharp photos. I'm using a tripod but I've noticed some mirror lens shake with a Canon T4i but that may not be the lens' fault.
    I notice that the autofocus takes quite a while to focus but is sharp when it settles down.

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    4.0

    Gets the job done

    By Kris

    from Wildwood Crest, NJ

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    Starting out, think it's a good starter lens.

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    4.0

    Decent telephoto for reasonable money

    By Mick Rankevitz

    from Warsaw, Poland

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    Very good picture quality, Excellent optical stabilizer, decent handling.
    Subtle vignetting in the picture corners.

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    5.0

    All I hoped it would be

    By Georgia soccer mom

    from Atlanta, Georgia

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    Love the new lens. It is all I hoped it would be. It is perfect to use for my daughter's soccer games. The pictures are clear and crisp. LOVE IT!!!!

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    5.0

    Sigma 150-500mm

    By Flmiller

    from Clearwater, FL

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    Awesome lens and great price. Very happy with it.

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    4.0

    Great lens for the money

    By john

    from clovis ca

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Poor in Low Light
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    Wildlife

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    5.0

    Love this lens! Especially for the price

    By Mike in Kennesaw

    from Kennesaw, GA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

      I am in love with this lens so far! Granted, there are no a lot of ideal targets for zoom pictures in Atlanta in January, but I have stll layed with t and I love it! Worth every cent I paid!!!

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